Whew!! After a crazy 2 months of on and off travelling, I’m finally back home and settling in for the summer. It finally looks like the sun will be kind to Seattle starting this weekend – I had a beenie on at the Sounders FC match last night… seriously… it’s June… let’s get with the sun and the warm already…
Anyway, there’s lots of work to do to get Bangarang 2.0 into it’s testing and release cycle. I’ve been getting a great deal of welcome help over the last few weeks from Stefan Burnicki, for which I am immensely greatful! The last few weeks have been mostly about some refactoring and maintenance, so between that and the travelling the new feature clip has been somewhat slower. It’s not been at zero though: you can now set the number of items in the Recently Played, Frequently Played and Highest Rated media lists, edit and browse by nepomuk tags, as well as few other tidbits here and there. A full description of new features will be provided when 2.0 is released.
Regarding the 2.0 release cycle, I hope to get most of the rest of the 2.0 feature list implemented in the next 2 to 3 weeks. There’s still more media semantics work to do. I’m hoping to take advantage of the nepomuk user action ontology to improve on the media semantics implemented so far. I also have a few ideas for optimizing list engine performance and well as few other welcome, quick-to-code-up features not on the feature list. I’m keeping a careful eye on startup time and basic memory consumption since it really is not my intent for Bangarang to be everything to everyone.
In any event, hopefully sometime around the end of June we can release an alpha to get some early testing feedback, with a feature freeze and beta shortly after that. The project is on a feature based release cycle, so it’ll be ready when it’s ready. That said, I’m really eager to get this next release out. Sooo, if you’d like to see a Bangarang 2.0 release sooner rather than later and would like to help, feel free to stop by the project page or just speak up here. We welcome both coding and non-coding help.
peace and much respect!